Yesterday I roasted a duck. While I enjoy duck, and have made some pre-prepared confit I have never really cooked duck. I also haven’t had a kitchen experiment in some time and I realized I was missing a cooking challenge. I may put together a dinner party soon.
I’m lucky to live near Prospect Park and they have a green market on weekend mornings. After jogging with a friend (all I have to say about that is Ow!) we wandered the market and I tried to figure out what to cook. I left with, a duck, collard greens (never made these either), fingerling potatoes, rosemary and onions.
As I like to pretend I don’t have an entire shelf of cookbooks, just outside the kitchen I found a recipe online for Roasting a perfectly crispy duck , I pretty much followed the recipe, though I did not make the glaze and I stuffed the duck with an onion cut into quarters, and some fresh rosemary. I also rubbed it down with a rub, made of, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. It worked out pretty much perfectly.
I chopped some fingerling potatoes, covered, them in salt, rosemary, garlic, butter, and duck fat and threw them in the oven. Also great. Then I gathered the collards, read all the recipes for searing them and managed to make up my own without noticing. Washed and chopped the collards, chopped one small onion, which I threw into a wok with some duck fat, garlic, salt, and pepper. threw in the collard till they were bright green then, put them in a bowl and tossed them with some lemon juice. Not the way I usually eat them at multiple BBQ locations but good.
The duck was a hit, and some friends came over with a maple walnut Kahlua cake, why I let them leave with the remains of said cake I do not know. I let them take the cake away…sigh. Now I’m off to have lunch because, lunch is leftovers, even if there is no cake.
They also brought a very fitting movie for a duck filled adventure.
Life is like a hurricane
Here in Duckburg
Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes,
It’s a duck- blur
Might solve a mystery
Or rewrite history
And if that wasn’t enough of an ear worm for you, here have a sing along